Song Al Jolson Made Famous


Five of the eight songs on this tape recording are from the 1946 Decca record of the same name. • April Showers • Sonny Boy • Swanee Waitin’ For The Robert E. Lee Oh Susanna Camptown Races • Rock-A-Bye • Mammy Anniversary Waltz

SKU: ST 2020


Stereophonic Recording is 7 1/2″ips. The recording is “Staggerd” – offset.
Doug Elliott and the Maxwell Davis Band and Al Jolson

This cover features the image of Al Jolson as he sang in the 1927 film, The Jazz Singer.
At that time “the black community welcomed The Jazz Singer and saw it as a vehicle to gain access to the stage”. “Harlem’s newspaper, Amsterdam News, called it “one of the greatest pictures ever produced.” For Jolson, it wrote: “Every colored performer is proud of him.”
“Jolson was noted for fighting discrimination on Broadway and later in his movies.
‘In 1924, he promoted the play Appearances … which became the first production with an all-black cast produced on Broadway. He brought a black dance team from San Francisco that he tried to put in a Broadway show.”
” He demanded equal treatment for Cab Calloway, with whom he performed duets in the movie The Singing Kid”

His early support and work in the entertainment industry used the stage for change.